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Billy Budd (1988)

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An opera by Benjamin Britten, on a libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, adapted from the story by Herman Melville. Billy Budd is a young sailor aboard a British man-o'-war, persecuted... See full summary »

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An opera by Benjamin Britten, on a libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, adapted from the story by Herman Melville. Billy Budd is a young sailor aboard a British man-o'-war, persecuted by his master-at-arms, Claggart. Accused of mutiny, Budd accidently strikes Claggart dead, leaving Captain Vere with no choice but to hang him. Written by Anonymous

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A fine, greater than the sum outing for Britten's all-male opus
28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Terrific staging by Tim Alberry. Thomas Allen is getting on a bit for the bouncy Billy (one imagines that Billy's of an age where his body is too big for him) but sings and acts beautifully. Key to the opera though is the character playing Vere and Langridge is totally in command, vocally and dramatically. With the addition of Richard van Allen as the Iagoesque Claggart the production is not only blessed with fine singing but also movie-grade acting. The chorus can only rise to the occasion.

The staging is relies on a quirky, split level arrangement and good stage movement from all which is duly delivered. The camera is not afraid to get right in on characters, giving the simplicity of the design and the video is stronger for it. 6/10


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